ABOUT THE MILLENNIUM FELLOWSHIP - CLASS OF 2021

United Nations Academic Impact and MCN are proud to partner on the Millennium Fellowship. In 2021, over 25,000 young leaders on 2,000+ campuses across 153 nations applied to join the Class of 2021. 136 campuses worldwide (just 6%) were selected to host the 2,000+ Millennium Fellows. The Class of 2021 is bold, innovative, and inclusive.

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UNITED NATIONS ACADEMIC IMPACT AND MCN PROUDLY PRESENT MARISSA LYNN MOJENA, A MILLENNIUM FELLOW FOR THE CLASS OF 2021.

University of Pennsylvania | Pennsylvania, United States | Advancing SDG 10 & UNAI 1

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" I am thrilled to be a Millennium Fellow and to be a part of an incredible community of like-minded individuals, collaborating towards a shared vision of an equitable and healthy world for all. I am so inspired by all of the past fellows and their work, and I know that as a fellow myself I will be able to further grow my project and extend the scope of my impact in a way that I never thought possible. I look forward to working alongside my peers to be agents of change on both a local and global scale. "

Millennium Fellowship Project: Invisible Hands Philadelphia

Invisible Hands Philadelphia (IHPHL) is a community-based non-profit organization that was founded in an effort to fight food insecurity and other disparities in the city of Philadelphia that have only been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. This organization consists of a contact-free delivery service in which young, healthy volunteers are recruited to deliver groceries, prescriptions, and other necessities to vulnerable communities in the city of Philadelphia. The organization allows community members to still have access to their basic necessities from the safety and comfort of their own homes. IHPHL targets disadvantaged populations including those that are low income, immunocompromised, uninsured, elderly, use disability services, and racial and ethnic minorities. This organization ensures that these populations can still have access to their essentials without the added barriers of transportation, safety, and exposure to COVID-19. The goal of this project is to ultimately recruit a sustainable network of volunteers and to establish long-term partnerships with local organizations in Philadelphia to work towards a shared vision. This project resonates most strongly with Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) number 2: Zero Hunger and number 10: Reduced Inequalities. On a more direct level, IHPHL is addressing food insecurity in the city of Philadelphia and working to ensure that vulnerable populations that live in food deserts and have limited access to transportation still have access to healthy nutritious meals in a post-pandemic world. As previously explained, this project specifically targets disadvantaged populations that deal with systemic inequalities, particularly transportation barriers, and ensures that populations such as those that are elderly, low income, uninsured, and that use disability services still have access to essentials such as food and medications. This aligns very closely with SDG number 10: Reduced Inequalities.

About the Millennium Fellow

Marissa is a rising senior at the University of Pennsylvania, double majoring in Global Health and Neuroscience. On campus, Marissa serves as the HIV Coordinator at United Community Clinic and is the President of the Cuban American Undergraduate Student Association (CAUSA). Marissa’s interests include advocacy for health equity, particularly among Latinx populations, and raising awareness about sexual health and HIV/STI prevention.